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MSc. Amibeth Thompson

 20230117-P1174128-2.jpgAmibeth Thompson
Web of Science ResearcherID: DYV-8382-2022
phone: +49 (0)761 203 -3642
Room-No. 610



My previous research focused on plant-pollinator networks in agroecosystems across space and time. In this context I am working on the project: Faktencheck Artenvielfalt specifically assessing the biodiversity in agricultural and open landscapes and I am coordinating the transdisciplinary EU project: RestPoll "Restoring pollinator habitats across European agricultural landscapes based on multi-actor participatory approaches", which aims to provide the society with tools to reverse the decline of wild pollinators.




since 02 2022Research assistant  at the University of Freiburg, Chair of Nature Conservation and Landscape Ecology , University of Freiburg

02/2018 - 01/2022

PhD at Martin-Luther-University, Halle-Wittenberg, Institute of Biology, Spatial Interaction Ecology. Thesis: “Plant-pollinator networks in agroecosystems across space and time”. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Tiffany Knight

02/2018 - 01/2022

Research assistant at AG Spatial Interaction Ecology (SIE), Martin-Luther-University

04/2016 - 10/2017

Master Student at Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Biology. Thesis: "Exotic plant species receive adequate pollinator service despite variable integration into plant-pollinator networks"

07/2016 - 01/2018

Student assistent at AG Spatial Interaction Ecology (SIE), Martin-Luther-University, Halle-Wittenberg

05/2014 - 03/2016

Field Laboratory Technician in the Department of Biology Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, USA


08/2010 - 05/2014

Bachelor Studentin at Illinois College, Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Environmental Science and German. Honors, Thesis: “Politik der erneuerbaren Energie: was wir von Deutschland lernen können”






  • Elliott*, T., Thompson*, A., Klein, A.M., Albert, C., Eisenhauer, N., Jansen, F., Schneider, A., Sommer, M., Straka, T., Settele, J., Sporbert, M., Tanneberger, F. & Mupepele, A.C. (2023): Abandoning grassland management negatively influences plant but not bird or insect biodiversity in Europe. Conservation Science and Practice 5: e13008. online first. doi: 10.1111/csp2.13008. Link *These authors contributed equally to the study
  • Thompson, A., Mupepele, A.C. & Klein, A.M. (2022): Silent summer? Biodiversity loss, insect decline, and a call for conservation. GAIA 31/4 (2022): 193. Link
  • Thompson, A.H., Ştefan, V. & Knight, T.M. (2021): Oilseed rape shares abundant and generalized pollinators with its co-flowering plant species. Insects 12: 1096. Link
  • Thompson, A.H., Frenzel, M. , Schweiger, O., Musche, M., Groth, T., Roberts, S.P.M., Kuhlmann, M. & Knight, T.M. (2021): Pollinator sampling methods influence community patterns assessments by capturing species with different traits and at different abundances. Ecological Indicators 132: 108284. Link
  • Schwarz, B., Vázquez, D.P., CaraDonna, P.J., Knight, T.M., Benadi, G., Dormann, C.F., Gauzens, B., Motivans, E., Resasco, J., Blüthgen, N., Burkle, L.A., Fang, Q., Kaiser-Bunbury, C.N., Alarcón, R., Bain, J.A., Chacoff, N.P., Huang, S.Q., LeBuhn, G., MacLeod, M., Petanidou, T., Rasmussen, C., Simanonok, M.P., Thompson, A.H. & Fründ, J. (2020): Temporal scale-dependence of plant-pollinator networks. Oikos 129: 1289-1302. Link
  • Bennett, J.*, Thompson, A.H.*, Goia, I., Feldmann, R., Stefan, V., Bogdan, A., Rakosy, D., Beloiu, M., Biro, I.B., Bluemel, S., Filip, M., Madaj, A.M., Martin, A., Passonneau, S., Kalisch, D.P., Scherer, G. & Knight, T.M. (2018): A review of European studies on pollination networks and pollen limitation, and a case study designed to fill a gap. AoB Plants 10: ply068. Link   *considered duel first authors
  • Thompson, A.H. & Knight, T.M. (2018): Exotic plant species receive adequate pollinator service despite variable integration into plant-pollinator networks. Oecologia 187: 135-1425. Link


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